| Welcome back:|
Welcome back to the second half of the rugby season.
As the we look to the start of the 7s season, may we remind you that competition approval may be required from your County Schools Union, and may in some circumstances require National approval. All school competitions will need to be played in the correct Age Grade Rugby School Competition Windows.
If your school is planning a Rugby Tour to another Rugby Union you will need to apply for Permission to Tour, this is a World Rugby Regulation. The relevant permission needs to be applied for well in advance of the tour.
Please see an update below on items which are applicable to rugby in Schools or Colleges.
| National Schools Competition Survey:|
As part of the England Rugby Schools efforts to ensure that the National School Competition offer is fit for purpose, we are undertaking a survey to help shape the future competition offer.
We would like to hear from you even if your school does not currently enter any of the National Schools Rugby Competitions, to have your input please complete the National Schools Competition Survey , please note you only have until the 25 January 2019 to provide your input.
| Playing Rugby in Schools Survey:|
England Rugby Schools have been looking to develop a programme aimed at supporting those schools that sit between traditional large rugby playing schools and those schools that play no rugby or have started playing through the All Schools programme. Essentially these are schools that may have had a good rugby programme but for one reason or another, the levels of rugby has dwindled.
In order to develop a successful programme of support we need to collect information to help inform the content.
If your school caters for pupils from Year 7 or above, please complete the Playing Rugby in Schools Survey the deadline for completion is 31 January 2019.
| Party in the Car Park:|
Yet again England Rugby Schools would like to invite teachers from Schools and Colleges who have already applied and received tickets for the England vs Scotland Guinness 6Nations game on the 16 March to attend the Party in the Car Park.
The numbers will be limited, and you will need to register beforehand on the following link.
| Rugby Reinvented XRugby7s:|
A new format of rugby, which is big on enjoyment, and low on commitment. It’s a quicker game, with fewer players which can be played almost anywhere. It is contact rugby but not as you know it!
It is a great way to introduce pupils to the contact element, and for some pupils it may be more enjoyable than the full XV-a-side game.
| The World Rugby Museum wins 2018/2019 Best Sporting Venue:|
The World Rugby Museum overcame serious competition to win 2018/2019 Best Sporting Venue at the School Travel Awards. Organised by School Travel Organiser magazine, the awards acknowledge those who excel in providing exciting and educational trips for schools.
Read more about the museum’s success at https://www.englandrugby.com/news/world-rugby-museum-recognised-school-travel-awards/.
| Half Game Rule |
Thank you to those schools who have already adopted the half game rule, and especially those that have publicly supported this initiative.
Please visit www.englandrugby.com/halfgame where you may find more information, and be able to download banners and social media images to celebrate that your school is applying the rule.
Please note, that as from February, the RFU’s Touchline will only be available online.
This is a game wide decision, and not just one affecting School or College members.
| Calling Notice:|
The 49th Annual General Meeting of England Rugby Football Schools’ Union will take place on the 6 July 2019 at the Hotel Mercure Heathrow, Hayes UB3 1LP commencing at 1700 hrs.